Swanage Pier, Dorset

Swanage Pier, Dorset, July 2011

Spans:Swanage Bay/ English Channel
Design:(i) Richard St George Moore; (ii) James Walton
Construction:(i) timber; (ii) timber, reinforced concrete
Year opened:(i) 1859; (ii) 1896-29, 1897
Original length:(i) 229m; (ii) 196m
Present length:196m
Storm damage:2013
Restoration:1928, 1997/8

The first, wooden pier was built at Swanage in 1859 and was used as a diving platform for Swanage Swimming Club until the 1950s. It is now derelict but a few piles are visible to the east of the current pier. The first pile for the new pier was driven on 30th November 1895. It was built with imported Greenheart timber but attack from gribble worm eroded the piles so much that in 1927 they had to be protected by reinforced concrete. Voted the National Piers Society Pier of the Year 2012, in March 2013 part was closed after suffering serious damage from high tides and gale force winds.

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Swanage Pier
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